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SterlingRisk Aviation, based in Destin, Fla., has hired Kris Larkin as vice president and senior account manager.

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Larkin, who has nearly two decades in the aviation insurance industry, was previously a customer service supervisor for Arthur J. Gallagher’s aviation practice. She held previous positions with State Farm Insurance and Aviation Services of Illinois. Larkin will oversee accounts and account staff, facilitate audits and inspections to mitigate client risk, and coordinate with underwriters and claims representatives.

SterlingRisk Aviation, a New York-based division of Sterling Risk, is an independent insurance brokerage firm serving regional, national and international clients, the company said in a press release. It was founded in 1932.

North Carolina DOI appoints Obusek deputy chief commissioner

The woman behind the regulatory concerns that led to corruption charges against a high-profile insurance executive has been named Deputy Chief Commissioner of Insurance at the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

Jackie Obusek replaces Michelle Osborne, who is leaving to become a professor at Campbell University, Commissioner Mike Causey announced Thursday. Obusek, a 20-year veteran with the department, in 2015 and 2016 raised questions about Carolina insurance magnate Greg Lindberg and the outsized amount of investment his insurance companies made in his affiliates.

Lindberg then made significant campaign contributions to Causey, urging him to replace Obusek with someone more receptive to Lindberg’s investment strategy, according to prosecutors and court records. Causey didn’t want to play along, then alerted the FBI and recorded conversations with Lindberg and his associates. Lindberg was convicted in 2020 of corruption charges, but won a retrial in June.

Obusek in 2017 was appointed Senior Deputy Commissioner, overseeing financial analysis, licensing, reviews and liquidations. In 2022, she became a member of the senior regulatory team overseeing captive insurance companies, Causey said in a press release.

Obusek is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University.

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